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10 Famous Coca-Cola Myths

10 Famous Coca-Cola Myths

Coke really did used to contain cocaine, it was marketed many years ago as a “nerve tonic,” and was believed, once upon a time, to cure morphine addiction.

10 Famous Coca-Cola Myths

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10 Famous Coca-Cola Myths

It can also actually be used as a not-too-shabby ingredient in a glaze for ham. That being said, a lot of the myths about Coca-Cola just aren’t true.

10 Famous Coca-Cola Myths

10 Famous Coca-Cola Myths

Take a look at our 10 Famous Coca-Cola Myths Slideshow to find out which of the rumors you may have heard have a basis in truth, and which are completely false.

Coca-Cola Contains Pork

Coca-Cola Contains Pork

Not so much. The drink doesn’t contain anything that comes from any mammals or birds (including dyes) and is naturally safe for consumption by Muslims.

Coca-Cola Contains Pork

Coca-Cola Contains Pork

The company doesn’t say anything about fish, though, so if you’re vegetarian, you may want to keep an eye out…

A Combination of Pop Rocks and Coke Will Make Your Stomach Explode

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A Combination of Pop Rocks and Coke Will Make Your Stomach Explode

Although this rumor is a hilarious staple of the ‘80s and ‘90s, it’s not actually true.

A Combination of Pop Rocks and Coke Will Make Your Stomach Explode

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A Combination of Pop Rocks and Coke Will Make Your Stomach Explode

Once you put the Pop Rocks in your mouth, they release carbon dioxide gas and all that’s really left is sugar.

A Combination of Pop Rocks and Coke Will Make Your Stomach Explode

A Combination of Pop Rocks and Coke Will Make Your Stomach Explode

You can pop the loudest candy on the market and drink your Coke with impunity.

The New Coke Fiasco Was Actually An Marketing Ploy Designed to Drive Up Beverage Sales

The New Coke Fiasco Was Actually An Marketing Ploy Designed to Drive Up Beverage Sales

In his book For God, Country, and Coca-Cola, author Mark Pendergrast explores exactly how New Coke got off the ground.

The New Coke Fiasco Was Actually An Marketing Ploy Designed to Drive Up Beverage Sales

The New Coke Fiasco Was Actually An Marketing Ploy Designed to Drive Up Beverage Sales

While altering the formula of one of the best-selling and most beloved products of all time was certainly an extraordinarily ill-advised move, there’s no evidence to suggest that it was a calculated step to sell more product.

Eating Mentos, Then Drinking Diet Coke Will Kill You

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Eating Mentos, Then Drinking Diet Coke Will Kill You

While the combination can certainly cause an awesome geyser to happen, it’s not going to make your stomach burst open.

Eating Mentos, Then Drinking Diet Coke Will Kill You

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Eating Mentos, Then Drinking Diet Coke Will Kill You

Though your stomach won’t explode, we still don’t recommend trying it.

Coca-Cola Will Clean Everything from Bloodstains to Dirty Engines

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Coca-Cola Will Clean Everything from Bloodstains to Dirty Engines

Everybody knows that if you get a stain on your clothes at a restaurant, you should ask for a glass of seltzer water to dab the stain away.

Coca-Cola Will Clean Everything from Bloodstains to Dirty Engines

Coca-Cola Will Clean Everything from Bloodstains to Dirty Engines

So how did Coke get the reputation for being the best cleaner in the business?

Coca-Cola Will Clean Everything from Bloodstains to Dirty Engines

Coca-Cola Will Clean Everything from Bloodstains to Dirty Engines

The idea behind this rumor is that Coke has more acids, but the truth is that just regular carbonated water or plain vinegar would be a better bet, as they don’t contain dyes or leave a sticky residue.

A Student in India Died After Chugging 8 Cokes

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A Student in India Died After Chugging 8 Cokes

While anyone would be likely to get a bad stomachache from drinking so many sugary sodas back to back, the rumor that a case of too much pop actually killed him is apocryphal.

A Student in India Died After Chugging 8 Cokes

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A Student in India Died After Chugging 8 Cokes

Chugging that much soda back to back is never a good idea, but chances are, you won’t die after doing so.

A Tooth Left in a Glass of Coca-Cola Will Dissolve Overnight

A Tooth Left in a Glass of Coca-Cola Will Dissolve Overnight

While leaving a tooth soaking in any form of acid, no matter how mild, can’t be great for enamel, the acids present in Coke are actually relatively mild compared to other common foods, including orange juice and regular vinegar used in salad.

Coke Still Uses Cocaine

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Coke Still Uses Cocaine

Nope. Coca leaves, sure, but cocaine? Not anymore.

Coke Still Uses Cocaine

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Coke Still Uses Cocaine

Yes, up until 1903, the popular soda contained cocaine, but the substance wasn’t even illegal in the U.S. until 1914.

The Coca-Cola Company Is Anti-Semitic And The Company Donates Proceeds to Israel

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The Coca-Cola Company Is Anti-Semitic And The Company Donates Proceeds to Israel

Neither of these competing — and mutually exclusive — rumors are true.

The Coca-Cola Company Is Anti-Semitic And The Company Donates Proceeds to Israel

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The Coca-Cola Company Is Anti-Semitic And The Company Donates Proceeds to Israel

The company is not affiliated with any religion and does not discriminate against any groups.

You Just Won a Coca-Cola Sweepstakes You Didn't Even Enter

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You Just Won a Coca-Cola Sweepstakes You Didn't Even Enter

While the company does have various prizes and sweepstakes (currently, you can win a trip to the FIFA World Cup Quarter-Finals in Brazil), they have no part in the phishing scams that send you emails.

You Just Won a Coca-Cola Sweepstakes You Didn't Even Enter

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You Just Won a Coca-Cola Sweepstakes You Didn't Even Enter

Ever seen a subject lines like: NOTIFICATION OF THE ANNUAL MID-YEAR COCA-COLA PROMOTIONAL DRAW? Chances are, it’s never Coca-Cola sending these scams.

You Just Won a Coca-Cola Sweepstakes You Didn't Even Enter

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You Just Won a Coca-Cola Sweepstakes You Didn't Even Enter

In fact, the company has set up a website with a list of some of the many scams that have tried to profit off of Coca-Cola's good name.

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